Reusable Pine Wreath With Red BerriesAdd holiday cheer to a plain pine wreath with fake red berries that will last year after year.
Materials and Tools:
12" pine wreath
7 clusters red berry stems
hot glue gun
red spray paint
white foam wreath (10"x1-1/2"x6-1/2")
green floral wire
1. Spray the top and sides of the white foam wreath red. The foam might slightly sink in after it is painted, which is fine. Let dry.
2. Cut all the berries off of stem with wire cutters, leaving about a half inch of wire connected to each.
3. Use glue and the attached wire to secure the berries to the top and edges of the foam wreath in rows of four. Continue until the entire wreath is covered.
4. Cut three 10-inch pieces of floral wire. Divide the back of the foam wreath into thirds, and then insert the wire through it in those spots. Wrap the two ends around each other to secure the pieces.
5. Insert the foam wreath inside the pine wreath and secure it with the wires.
Tip: If there are visible hot glue threads, blow them away with a warm hairdryer.
Closet Shutters and TopiariesAdd height and a splash of color to your front door using closet shutters coated with latex semi-gloss exterior paint. Attach two together with hinges and set each pair on either side. Secure faux greenery and fruit to a plastic topiary for the perfect outdoor decoration!
Mexican Folk-Art-Inspired Tin OrnamentsMaterials and Tools:
one roll of 10"-wide roof tin flashing (comes in 25' lengths)
brown craft paper
scrap piece of lumber
1. Draw a pattern onto craft paper in the shape of a bird and a wing.
2. Open the roll of flashing carefully and cut a length to the sizes needed. Trace around the templates with a marker. Cut out the shapes with tin snips while wearing gloves as the tin can be sharp.
3. Clamp one of the tin shapes to the scrap lumber. Punch a design with the punch (to make holes) or the chisel (to make lines). Flip the shape over at various times—more texture will develop and the tin will remain flat.
4. Attach the wing to the body with one or two grommets. Punch a hole at the top of the bird and use monofilament to hang the ornament to a tree.
Wooden Twig Star CandlesYou can't have the holidays without lighting and that can be spotlights, holiday light strands or candles such as these wooden twig star candles, which softly illuminate the entry for guests.
Materials and Tools:
12 pieces of 14" long willow rods approximately 3/8" or 1/2" in diameter (available at landscape supply stores)
hot glue gun
18-gauge copper wire
half-pint jelly jars
1. Glue three rods together to form a triangle. One rod will overlap another about 3/4 of an inch from the end all the way around the triangle. Wrap all three connections with raffia and trim the ends.
2. Repeat to form a second triangle.
3. Lay the first triangle on top of the second to form a six-pointed star. Mark the six points where the top triangle touches the bottom one. Remove the top triangle and put hot glue on the marks. Put the top triangle back into position and tie all six connections with raffia as above.
4. Make two more triangles as above but only glue and wrap two ends so the third is left open. Insert one open-ended triangle into the center of the six-sided star so they're perpendicular.
5. Glue the ends of the open triangle to the bottom of the six-sided star (figure B). Mark, glue and wrap all new connections. Repeat with the other open-ended triangle, but insert it in the opposite direction so it's also perpendicular to the six-sided star and secure it at the top. Mark, glue and wrap all new connections.
6. Braid three pieces of 16-inch raffia together. Form a 2-1/2-inch loop from the braid and tie to the top of the star as a hanger.
7. Cut two 12-inch pieces of wire and use pliers to form a half-inch loop at one end of each. Place one end of a wire in the loop of the second wire, and then put the end of the second wire into the loop of the first to form a circle.
8. Place the circle of wire around the mouth of the jelly jar and pull the wires tight. Bend the wires straight up and form loops at the ends to hang on the center cross piece of the twig star. Make sure both hooks are even so the jar hangs level.
9. Place votive into jar. Hang star from shepherd's hook and light the candle.
A Kinara for KwanzaaCandles and lighting are important not only for Christmas, but also for Kwanzaa, which centers around this beautiful candle centerpiece called a kinara.
Silver Candlestick MenorahMost people think of a menorah as a single candelabrum with eight holders of the same height and the center candle being raised. There are actually countless ways to create a menorah including this stylish contemporary version using silver candlesticks.